An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China: Volume 2

An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China: Volume 2 : Taken Chiefly from the Papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney

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George Leonard Staunton (1737-1801) arrived in China in 1792 as a member of a British delegation whose objective was to improve trade and establish better diplomatic relations with the Chinese, who, at the time, restricted economic activity with foreigners to the port of Canton (Guangzhou). Although the group managed to secure an audience with the Qianlong Emperor - to whom the British envoy Lord Macartney famously refused to kowtow - their mission failed. Staunton kept detailed notes throughout his time in China, and in 1797 this two-volume account of the visit was published, and later translated into French and German. Volume 2 describes in detail the Emperor's reception of the British delegation - including a description and discussion of the kowtowing incident - thus giving a rare glimpse into the Imperial court at a time when Westerners were almost never allowed access. Staunton also provides further descriptions of the delegation's travels around more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b/w illus.
  • 113917861X
  • 9781139178617

Table of contents

1. Progress of the embassy along the River Pei-Ho, towards the capital of China. Departure of the ships from the Gulf of Pe-Che-Lee; 2. Embassy lands near Tong-Choo-Foo; proceeds through Pekin to a palace in its neighbourhood. Returns to the capital; 3. Journey to the northern frontier of China. View of the Great Wall. Visit to the Emperor's court at his summer's residence in Tartary; 4. Return to Pekin. Observations and occurrences there, and at Yuen-Min-Yuen; 5. Departure from Pekin. Journey to Han-Choo-Foo, partly upon the Imperial canal; 6. Han-Choo-Foo. Journey from thence to Chu-San; and also to Canton. Passage of the Lion and Hindostan from the former to the latter; 7. Residence of the embassy at Canton, and at Macao; 8. Passage to St. Helena; notices of that island. Return home; more